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Lower Deschutes River Management System

What is the Lower Deschutes River Management System (LDRMS)? 

The LDRMS is a natural resource management plan & limited entry permit system designed to protect the river and surrounding natural resources.

How does it work? 

The limited entry system requires that each person on a watercraft or other floating device purchase a Boater Pass, with access restricted to a limited number of boaters on some segments during peak use periods. 

Who oversees the system?  

The LDRMS is managed cooperatively by representatives from: 
  • Bureau of Land Management, 
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, 
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon State Marine Board
  • Oregon State Police
  • Local governments
The John Day - Snake River Resource Advisory Council and the Interagency Implementation Team  serve in an advisory role to the management group.  The Interagency Implementation Team is comprised of local, state, tribal and federal agency representatives. The LDRMS management roles and objectives are outlined in an Interagency Management Agreement and guidelines in the Lower Deschutes Management Plan and the Lower Deschutes Allocation System documents.

General Boater Pass Questions

Bureau of Land Management


May 1991 - A joint River Management Plan developed by Federal, State, Tribal & County Governments.
1992 - Public Comment & Response to the May 1991 River Management Plan
1993 - A BLM document that legally adopts the management plan.
1996 - Evaluation of Management actions, analysis of Permit Allocation Techniques, Proposed Lower Deschutes River Limited Entry System.
1997 - Decision on the design of the permit system, & supplements the Lower Deschutes River Management Plan in four areas. 

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